The Milan Salone, the world's largest design and furnishing trade fair, opened its doors this year on April 9th.
The Fair grounds in Rho, outside Milan, presented an immense galaxy of exhibits and provided for excellent display environments.
Visitors came to Milan essentially to appreciate the current production of the world's leading designers and furniture producers and to close purchasing deals.
More than 434'000 visitors from 188 different countries participated in the 2019 Milan Design Week. Attendance was higher by 26% as compared to 2018.
Among the exhibition sites in the city of Milan, the University show attracted 40% more visitors than last year, while the famed Tortona district saw 15% more people appear than last year.
The need to activate the Circular Economy was emphatically expressed at numerous events. Among the themes taken up at this year's design week were:
- The exploration of human qualities and capabilities in contrast to robots
- The consideration of human body specifics
- The need to implement a circular economy
- Socialising virtual reality
- Improving health through appropriate furnishings and home equipment
- Self-sufficient homes / Off Grid living
Designers, confronted with these issues, are now becoming increasingly aware and responsible of these matters when taking technological, environmental and material decisions.
At her Spazio Rossana Orlandi location, the famed Milan gallerist, who is one of the most appreciated and respected actors in Italy's design and environment scene, presented her latest project, which is aimed at the sensible and secure use of synthetic materials. At the Making Plastic Guiltless event, held during the Milan Design Week, Rossana Orlandi challenged designers to present their projects based on recycled plastic.
Minimising waste through a Circular Economy and protecting our habitat from the impact of climatic change, constitute enormous challenges. But Rossana Orlandi does a marvelous job of making such challenges feel achievable.
Large scale technology also stepped up its presence at this year's Milan Design Week. Some important high tech companies vied strongly for visibility, among them: Google.